Yemen has detained six members of an Islamic group which claimed an attack on the U.S. embassy that killed 17 people, a state-run website said on Sunday. Abu al-Ghaith al-Yamani -- who signed the Islamic Jihad group's statements and was thought to be its leader -- was among the six arrested, it said, according to Reuters.
The website said that the six were detained for threatening to target other foreign embassies including the Saudi and British missions. The group had said it belonged to al Qaeda and threatened to attack the British and Saudi embassies and assassinate senior public figures unless the government freed its jailed members.
"This cell was involved in releasing statements on the Internet in the name of Islamic Jihad ... and threatening to target embassies (including) those of Saudi Arabia, Britain, United Arab Emirates and Netherlands," the September 26 website (26sep.net) said. It quoted security sources as saying the group was drawing up a list of women working at some embassies.